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Tote-tally Chic!

Ira and her canvasses – trendy totes. Her undeniable love for florals is expressed through her art. Photo from Shop Martini’s IG account

by Kaila Mae Nunag

“They say, to assure the longevity of a product, it must be something out of the ordinary. It should be unique.”

Amidst the sudden influx of online shops and micro businesses today, this up and coming brand is making rounds online, definitely because of its unique artistic concept – handpainted bags.

Ira Martina discovered her love for painting during her young days, and it was sometime in 2016 when she started painting masterpiece designs on bags. Luck must be upon her favor as her works easily got recognized by many. From starting her own floral painted collection, to a roster of artsy and cute dog paintings, Shop Martini now accepts custom-painted bags.

Me carrying a custom “Girlboss” bag from Shop Martini

The idea of painting personal bags is something her clients felt ecstatic about. Isn’t it tote-tally chic to own a bag that’s definitely your signature? 

Fashion tip: Don’t let that old tote collect dirt in your closet. Save it by giving it a new look. Having it painted can also be a remedy to those unpleasant scratches on your bag.

A Martini piece is an instant boost for a plain outfit.

Here’s our little chitchat with Shop Martini’s artistic founder:

Q&A 

1. What inspired you to design/hand paint bags?
Painting has always been my favorite hobby. I would consume piles and piles of sketchbooks and fill them with watercolor works and have them stock up in my room. I wanted to put value to this hobby. I thought hard enough of ways to make my skill valuable until one day I thought of painting bags.

I’ve always wanted to be painted by an artist. Thanks to Ira for granting one of my little wishes!

2. When did you start your craft? 
I have been painting bags since 2016 but only started the shop around July 2017.

Corporate wear will never be boring with these custom painted office bags.

3. Tell us about your first design. 
The first bag I painted was a yellow Prada Promenade handbag. It had little stain marks and I thought it would be perfect to cover these spots with paint. A violet orchid would look great, I thought. And it did! Two years after, it still does.

Travel fashionably with these nature-themed passport holders. Photos from Shop Martini’s IG account

4. Every when do you release collections?
We have new bag styles every other month. 

5. Tell us something about your most in-demand/highly purchased design. 
My most in-demand design are dog paintings on the bestselling Bellini.

Aren’t these pups too adorable to resist? They’re part of Ira’s first few painted pieces. Photos from Shop Martini’s IG account

6. Celebrities/famous personalities who had their bags custom painted by you.
We’ve custom painted bags for KC Concepcion, Karla Aguas, and Janeena Chan. 

7. Do you custom paint clients’ own bags? 
Yes, I do. In fact, I have painted brand personal bags of clients such as Longchamp, Samsonite, Prada, and Elle. 

8. Where are your bags available?
Martini bags are only available online. However, we join bazaar events every now and then around Rockwell and BGC.

Ira and her canvasses – trendy totes. Her undeniable love for florals is expressed through her art. Photo from Shop Martini’s IG account

9. What will we expect from you/your designs in the near future? 
Dogs and florals will be our forever favorite! We’re trying to update our dog and flower painting techniques. We’re still on the look-out for new ideas and pegs but right now we’re excited about really loud prints on bags — watch out for that!

10. Fashion advice/tips – how to style your bags. 
Our bags are head-turners, that’s what we’re sure of! We advise to style them with muted outfits and color blocks to contrast the look. But hey, printed and colorful outfits are nice with our bags too so it’s really up to you! 🙂

Florals on satchels and executive bags being too lovely for our sight. Photo from Shop Martini’s IG account

11. Your message to aspiring artists/creative entrepreneurs:

It’s never about people liking your piece… it has always been about putting your piece out there and people consuming it. That’s the thing about art – it’s all about consumption. Some people will love what you do, some will hate what you create. But for as long as you put your work out there and add value to your artistry, you’re going to catch your perfect market and they’d come back for more. 

The future is bright for Shop Martini. In fact, Ira has recently held a painting workshop for aspiring young ladies, which turned out to be successful. More collections and artworks are also lined-up for this young, hardworking lady. With a unique idea coupled with never-ceasing passion for art, we’re sure this #GirlBoss will go places. Get your own Martini: follow @shop.martini on Instagram.

“As long as you put your work out there and add value to your artistry, you’re going to catch your perfect market and they’d come back for more.” – Ira Martina